March 1, 2018


A special cover was released on 27th February 2018 at Bengalurlu to celebrate the 42nd Death Anniversary of K.C.Reddy, the 1st Chief Minister of Karnataka.

KYASAMBALLY CHENGALARAYA REDDY, Gandhian & First Chief Minister of Karnataka State from 24/10/1947 to 30/3/1952, grew up under the leadership of Annie Besant 1918-1926. He secured 4th rank in SSLC, Mysore State and Raja Ramaswami Mudaliar Gold medal in BA from Madras University in 1924. In 1937 K.C.Reddy was jailed for the first time after joining Congress party. In 1946-1947 he was President of Congress party. K.C.Reddy Declared "MYSORE CHALO", Padayatra from Bangalore to Mysore on 1st September 1947 which protest lasted for 42 days. Under the able leadership of K.C.Reddy the monarchy of Princely Mysore State ended on 12th October 1947. Sri K.C.Reddy became the Chief Minister and then Bangalore became the capital city under the leadership of K.C.Reddy. The idea & plan of Vidhana Soudha was started in 1948 by KC.Reddy. On 13th July 1951 Nehruji was invited to lay the foundation of Vidhana Soudha. K.C.Reddy was Rajya Sabha Member from 1952-1957, Union Cabinet Minister for Commerce, Industries and Production in Nehru Cabinet, was member of Lok Sabha from 1957-1961 and Cabinet Minister for PWD, Housing and Civil Supplies. During his tenure, Iron and Steel Industries at Orissa-Rourkhela, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, etc., were established. He played a major role in the establishment of Mount Carmel College, HMT, BHEL, BEML, ITI, CFTRI, Kasthuri Gandhi Children Centre, Food Nutrition Department, Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi, Rajghat, Mahatma Hydroelectric Power, Mysore Public Service Commission (KPSC), Karnataka Bhavan at Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, etc., He served as Member of Lok Sabha from 1961-1964. He was President of Indian Delegation at the Geneva GATT Conference in 1961 He was Deputy Opposition Leader from 1964-1965 and Governor of Madhya Pradesh from 1965-1971 (twice).

Cover Code: KTK/16/2018
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru

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